Player Spotlight ~ Chelsea Hyojung Kim ~ Violin

Opus 555, Guadagnini 1779 violin, 2005

Chelsea KimChelsea Kim is a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, and a student of Donald Weilerstein’s at New England Conservatory Prep. She has also studied with James Buswell, Peter Rovit and Robert Rozek.

Chelsea has been selected as a 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Recipient of From the Top NPR radio show, which includes a cash prize and a live performance on the popular show. She took 1st place in the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, debuting with the Orchestra in 2010. She has placed in several other competitions and participated in masterclasses with Joshua Bell, Stefan Milenkovich and Philip Setzer.

Chelsea has played with the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of New England Conservatory under Benjamin Zander, where she was assistant principal 2nd violin. She has been concertmaster of Philips Exeter Academy’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and is the 1st violinist of the NEC Prep Division Quartet, coached by Natasha Brofsky.

Chelsea has attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute Summer Festival where she was concertmaster in 2011 and she was a participant on Yellow Barn Young Artist Program in 2012. She attended Kinhaven Music School from 2009-2011 where she was also concertmaster.

If all these activities and honors, orchestras and festivals and Phillips Exeter Academy were not enough, she has an active volunteer life:

You can view a performance of Schubert's Cello Quintet in C Major from the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program in 2012, here.


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